How to Save on Back to School Supplies

Back to school sale signs in stores are a terrifying sight for any student still blissfully enjoying the summer break. Going back to school can be nerve-wracking for students of all ages, and everybody wants to be well equipped for another year of learning. You may find yourself overwhelmed by the shelves of school supplies, and end up in front of the cashier with a surplus of stationary. Here are a few tips on how to save more money on your shopping.

  1. Reuse and Recycle

Before you go back to school shopping, take a look at what you have in your desks at home. If your old binders, pens, and pencils are still in decent condition and you have enough, there’s no reason to throw them out and buy more.  Before buying new school supplies, make sure that you buy things that are good quality. For example, buying cheaper or colourful binders may be more costly in the end if they are broken with edges peeling off by the end of the year. I still remember buying a ton of colourful and pretty binders back when I first started middle school, and I had to throw out about half of them after the first year. I recommend buying the super durable Better Binders from staples because they have reinforced rubber spines and edges that protect the binders. They can last for years without splitting. Spending a little bit more money on the right materials can help you save in the future.  


You can also save money on notebooks by stapling together pieces of scrap paper to make an eco-friendly notepad! I use pieces of paper that are printed on one side, and my dad scribbles math notes on it for me.

IMG_5593 Reusing your old school supplies is not only beneficial for your wallet, but also for the environment.

  1. Go to various stores

It is always easier to find bargains on school supplies if you visit different stores. I usually go to Staples and Walmart because they have inexpensive stationary. At Walmart I can find packs of lined paper for 10 cents each, which is ten times cheaper than at Shoppers Drug Mart, where paper costs over a dollar. Browse around, and over the years you’ll definitely figure out which stores in your area have the better deals. Obviously, the dollar store will always have cheap stationary all year around.

  1. Look at flyers for back to school sales

Looking at flyers can save you time as well as money. It is easy to find the stores that you need to visit, and you can also compare prices without leaving the comfort of your home. Sometimes flyers may include coupons as well.

  1. (If you couldn’t find coupons) Google for coupons!

If  you have a really tight budget, or you are a parent with a lot of kids, look for coupons online to help relieve some financial stress. Coupons are useful, especially if you’re buying more expensive things for back to school like laptops, phones or electronics.

  1. Buy the necessities

Resist the urge to buy stationary that you don’t really need. For example, when I was younger I wanted a Kooky Klicker pen because I thought they were funny. My dad was the logical parent so he thought: why spend 2 dollars on one pen when you could buy 12 pens? To this day I still don’t have a Kooky Klicker pen. Also, beware of notebooks with cute cat and dog pictures on them. because they’re very tempting finds. Basically, if you want to save on back to school supplies, remember that plain school supplies are always cheaper.

Back to school shopping can be very affordable if you shop smart and take good care of your things. Good luck and I hope you will have an enjoyable school year!  

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